ACHA Leadership & Executive Council

ACHA Officers and Officials

Richard Gribble, C.S.C., President (2018)
Stonehill College

  • Interests: U.S. Catholic history in the 20th century, especially immigration, Catholic higher education, and religious life.
  • Recent Publications: Father of the Fatherless: The Authorized Biography of Father Nelson Baker, Paulist Press 2011; Navy Priest: The Life of Captain Jake Laboon, SJ The Catholic University of America Press, 2015.

Kathleen Holscher, Vice President (2018)
University of New Mexico

Charles Strauss, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (2018-present)
Assistant Professor of History, Mount St. Mary’s University

  • Research Interests: U.S. in the World, U.S. Religious History, Global Catholicism, South Africa, Central America

Executive Council

Augustine Curley (2015-18)
St. Benedict’s Abbey, Newark, NJ

  • Research interests: American Church History, specifically the Catholic Church in New Jersey, anti-Catholicism, the Irish in America, and Benedictine history.
  • Most significant work: Augustine’s Critique of Skepticism: A Study of Contra Academicos (Peter Lang, 1996).
  • Most recent publication: “The Irish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark,” in  Marta Deyrup and Maura Grace Harrington, eds., The Irish American Experience in New Jersey and Metropolitan New York: Cultural Identity, Hybridity, and Commemoration (New York: Lexington Books, 2013).

A. Katie Harris (2015-18)
University of California, Davis

  • Research interests: Early modern Spain and Spanish world; cult of saints

Most recent publications:  “An immense structure of errors”: Dionisio Bonfant, Lucas Holstenius, and the Writing of Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century Sardinia,” in The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press); “Gift, Sale, and Theft: Juan de Ribera and the Sacred Economy of Relics in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Journal of Early Modern History 18 (2014): 1-34.

Martin Menke (2016-2019)
Rivier University

  • Research Interests:
    20th-century German political Catholicism, Modern Germany, nationalism and religion.
  • Most Recent Publication: “Multiple Caesars? Germany, Bavaria, and German Catholics in the Interwar Period,” in Beyond the Borders of Baptism: Catholicity, Allegiances, and Lived Identities, ed. Michael L. Budde, Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016.

David Endres (2016-2019)
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West

  • Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism; 19th and 20th century history of Catholic ethnics, priesthood/religious life, missionary work, and devotionalism.
  • Most Recent Publication: “God’s Beggar and Builder: Father Francis Koch, OFM, and the Growth of the Church in Northern New Jersey,” in Essays on New Jersey Catholic History: In Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of the New Jersey Colony (New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission, 2016).

Jeffrey Burns (2017-2020)
University of San Diego

Marian J. Barber (2017-2020)
Catholic Archives of Texas

  • Research Interests: Immigration, race and ethnicity, borderlands, women’s religious communities, Catholic laywomen.
  • Most Recent Publication: “Holy Cross Hospital, Austin: The Birth, Good Life, and Death of a Community Resource,” Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture 25 (2014): 60-76

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Past President (2017)
Director, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

  • Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism, Women and American Religion, Gilded Age/Progressive Era, Immigration
  • Notable Publication: New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholic Identity in the Progressive Era. (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

Graduate Student Representatives


Peter Cajka (2016-2018)
Boston College

Carolyn Twomey(2017-2019)
Boston College

Ex Officio

Nelson H. Minnich
Professor, Catholic University of America

Editor, The Catholic Historical Review

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